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Walking and Reading: 7|19|13

Hey I’m on the road again! Here’s some weekend reading for youz guys:

For the Dogs:

Meet the “Carolina dogs” (and no, they’re not Tar Heel blue), otherwise known as “America’s Dingo.”

Old dogs are the best. Taking care of them at the shelter always broke my heart. A frat house is no place for a dignified senior. So I think this “Silver Hearts” project by the fab Lori Fusaro is the tits.

My dog Birdie tore her ACL the other week, so there’s lots of talk about pain management going around here. Have any of you seen/used this wacky looking thing? Apparently Lil Bub swears by it and she’s always right.

For the Humans:

This is what it means to be the “living change.” I dare you to not be inspired by this trio. In fact, I love this story so much that this is the only post in this category.

For the Laugh:

Photobombs are funny. Check these 15 out.

And Offline: I’m still reading On Looking (do you guys ever hit a roadblock where you can’t read anything more than a magazine for a few weeks? That’s where I’m at right now. So I’m reading This Old House Magazine. Who needs me to tear out their old toilet?). Plus I’m listening to Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby in the car while I tool around the Northeast this weekend.

Stay cool out there everyone!





  1. Sam & Sue Oakes #

    Oh no, poor Birdie! My Callie tore hers in February. We followed the surgeon’s post-op instructions as best we could and now Callie’s doing great. She also has some hip dysplasia, but she does pretty well considering the weather we’ve been having. Sending positive thoughts and healing energy for Miss Birdie.

    It’s kinda hard to check things out online from an iPod Touch, but I’d never heard of that Asanani (sp?) thing before, either. Callie’s pain management consists of 75 mg Rimadyl 2x daily, and 50 mg Tramadol up to 3x daily when needed for a little extra relief. Like last weekend when she landed “funny” on her leg that was operated on trying to get off the bed. My heart did super thumps that night (last Thursday) but vet checked on Friday AM — no damage, thank goodness, just a little sore. She was walking normally again by Monday morning.

    Have been having one of those magazine-only weeks for about 7 weeks now. (((SIGH)))

    Sent from my iPod

    July 20, 2013
    • I’m happy to hear Callie is doing well post-surgery and didn’t re-injure herself when she jumped out of bed (“super thumps” sounds about right!!). Thanks for sharing her pain management routine. It’s always helpful to know what other folks are doing.

      I’ll share more about Birdie’s leg woes and treatment in a couple of weeks as things progress. But the short version is that we had a surgical consult this week and with the surgeon’s approval, we’re going to try 4 weeks of physical therapy (including cold laser and hydrotherapy) to see if we can make some non-surgical progress first. Birdie’s hanging in with Deramaxx (and potentially Tramadol as well) at the moment, but I like the idea of finding other ways to relieve her pain (she has arthritis too, so it’s not just her leg) long term.

      July 20, 2013
  2. gauchoman2002 #

    Thank you for posting the “Carry On” story, it was inspirational and very thought provoking. I’m more than happy to admit I got a little misty eyed too. We need more people like these three in our world.

    July 20, 2013

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